A short note and contest for books

Feb 16, 2024 5:37 pm

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Flash Fiction Contest: Submit a story of 500 words or less. The story must include a pool table OR a piece of farm machinery. Submit your story in the body of your email, or you may attach it as a .docx or pdf. The winner will be awarded his/her choice of one of my autographed paperbacks (delivery in continental U.S. only). I retain no rights to any stories presented. If the winner and runner(s) up consent, I'll post their stories on my webpage. Fair warning: Don't exceed a PG-13 rating. Let's make March 20 the deadline to submit your story.

In my own writing, the Bugmageddon has resumed after a pause for a space cowboy short story. However, it's going to pause again while I write a different short story for another submission due by the end of the month.

I finished From Sawdust to Stardust: The Biography of DeForest Kelley by Terry Lee Rioux. It provided some nice insights into the life and career of the most reserved member of the original ST triumvirate.

Those of you with an interest in legal issues relating to firearms may be familiar with the United States Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., v. Bruen, which held that New York's license to carry provisions violated the US Constitution by preventing law-abiding citizens from exercising their 2nd Amendment to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense. My recent research informed me that the "law-abiding citizens" language is a hair being split in different ways. Some courts have held it to be superfluous, even finding that it allows illegal aliens to bear arms, while others find the language to be a significant requirement for the benefit of the 2nd Amendment protection. As far as I have found, neither the USSC nor the 9th Circuit has yet elaborated on the significance of that language in Bruen.

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Writing tip: Do it. Do it every day if possible. Keep the fire burning and the fuel will provide itself. Keep the car running and it can take you wherever you want to go; leave it sitting, and you may find it difficult to restart.

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Honor Roll with special thanks to these subscribers:

Lois for her stunning review and heroic defense of The Shrinking Zone.

JBudd for reviews of Threading the Rude Eye, In Death Bedrenched, Power to Hurt, The Shrinking Zone, Clamorous Harbingers, Promise of Carnage and Flame, Truth in Flames, and Crisis in Fire and Snow.

Colleen for leaving ratings for several of my books on Amazon.

Rob for leaving a review of Threading the Rude Eye.

Michael for leaving reviews of Threading the Rude Eye, and The Shrinking Zone.

Mayra for a review of Threading the Rude Eye.

Gloria for a review of Threading the Rude Eye.

ShannonC for a review of In Death Bedrenched

Jan for reviews of Threading the Rude Eye, Power to Hurt, Clamorous Harbingers, Promise of Carnage and Flame, In Death Bedrenched, The Shrinking Zone, Truth in Flames, Justice in Season, Justice Resurgent, Crisis in Fire and Snow, and Smoke.

Bonnie for a review of In Death Bedrenched, and Crisis in Fire and Snow.

PAR for a review of Threading the Rude Eye

-There are many other reviews of my books, of course, but I don't know whether those reviewers are also subscribers to this newsletter.